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September 19, 2015

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Sport heritage and innovation is the theme of Doors Open Waterloo Region 2015 as we join the Ontario Heritage Trust and Doors Open Ontario in their year-long celebration of sport.
Waterloo Region is a vital and prosperous area in southern Ontario, about 100 kilometres (62 miles) west of Toronto. The region is made up of three urban municipalities – Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo – and four rural townships – North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich.

With a combined population of more than 553,000, Waterloo Region is one of the fastest-growing areas in Ontario and is expected to reach a total population of 729,000 by 2031.

Waterloo Region residents enjoy excellent educational institutions, health services and cultural and recreational facilities. The Region of Waterloo International Airport affords convenient access to domestic and international destinations; Toronto's Pearson International Airport is located only 45 minutes away.

Waterloo Region is distinguished by exceptional access to quality post-secondary educational institutions and world-class skills and talent. The University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and Conestoga College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning host over 50,000 post-secondary students annually, including 10,000 graduate and 11,000 cooperative education students. Wilfrid Laurier University has one of the largest business schools in Canada, and is renowned for its science and music faculties. The University of Waterloo is home to the largest cooperative education program in the world, and is consistently ranked first in its role as the nation's most innovative university.

Our balance of urban and rural landscapes and lifestyles, skilled labour force, proximity to major North American markets and transportation networks, as well as diverse ethnic makeup, contribute to the continued success of this area.

Do you want to get involved?

If you'd like to volunteer with Doors Open Waterloo Region 2015, send us an email at doorsopen@regionofwaterloo.ca.

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Ontario's sport heritage

Ayr Lawn Bowling Club

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10 Tannery Street
Ayr, Ontario
Year built: 1895
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A hands-on Doors Open site. A warm welcome awaits you at one of Waterloo Region’s oldest continuously operating sports venues, located near a beautiful bend in the Nith River and virtually unchanged in 120 years. Test your skills on the historical bowling green (no experience necessary!), visit the original clubhouse, browse vintage photographs and trophies, breathe the fresh air ...
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Button Factory Arts

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25 Regina Street South
Waterloo, Ontario
Year built: 1886
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This former factory, which was successfully adapted for a new use, retains many original architectural features, including the numerous windows that create a bright interior. Richard Roschman’s button manufacturing company was in operation here until 1944. The building has been home to the Waterloo Community Arts Centre since 1993.
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CIGI Campus

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67 Erb Street West
Waterloo, Ontario
Year built: 2011
Architect: Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Winner of six architectural awards, CIGI Campus is a hub of international affairs research and studies. Its academic and research programs are partnerships between the Centre for International Governance Innovation and others, including the Balsillie School of International Affairs. The complex features a landscaped courtyard, bell tower and wood-clad 250-seat auditorium. Scheduled road construction will not affect this site’s participation.
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Site is protected by the Ontario Heritage Trust

First Church of Christ, Scientist

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64 Water Street North
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 1899
Architect: Joseph Taft, New York
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Don’t miss the rare opportunity to visit this magnificent arts and crafts-style treasure, whose dry-laid stone foundation, corner turret and triangular footprint are distinctive. See abundant hardwood trim throughout the interior, as well as the curved benches, leaded and stained-glass windows, and 1,098-pipe Casavant organ from 1911. This is the first Christian Science church built outside the United States.
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Site has blue and gold provincial plaque

Former Waterloo County Courthouse

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20 Weber Street East
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 1964; renovated 2014
Architect: Snider Huget & March Architects & Engineers
Building type: Courthouse
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A notable example of modern architecture situated on the site of the original circa 1852 Waterloo County Courthouse, this former courthouse was recently renovated to serve as office space for the Region of Waterloo. Original details include the Conestoga wagon-inspired entrance, boomerang-shaped floor plan, interior tile and terrazzo floor. New features include the regional archives and public artwork.
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Kitchener Memorial Auditorium Complex

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400 East Avenue
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 1951; expansion 2012
Architect: Jenkins & Wright (1951)
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Experience this rare opportunity of a behind-the-scenes guided tour of Waterloo Region’s premier, historical sports and entertainment venue. Visit the Kitchener Rangers dressing room, Gibson’s Lounge, a luxury suite and more. Interact with the Kitchener Rangers, Kitchener Panthers and City of Kitchener staff. Learn about the 2012 expansion project and visit the Rangers Hall of History.
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McMaster University Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine

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10B Victoria Street South
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 2009
Architect: Siamak Hariri, Hariri Pontarini Architects, Toronto
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The subdued design of this School of Medicine, in the heart of Kitchener’s Innovation District, contrasts with that of its landmark neighbour, the School of Pharmacy. Tour the campus, including a clinical skills laboratory with four observation rooms, video-conferencing classrooms and a state-of-the-art anatomy lab with a high-definition video system. Scheduled Victoria Street construction will not affect this site's participation.
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Ontario's sport heritage

Playball Academy Canada

CONTACT INFO ARCHITECTURE DATES/HOURS OPEN
10 Executive Place
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 2014-15
Architect: John MacDonald Architect
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
A hands-on Doors Open site. Baseball and softball are always in season at Waterloo Region’s first indoor baseball facility, Playball Academy Canada. The innovative, 2,137-square-metre (23,000-square-foot) facility features a full-size infield, six batting cages, six dirt pitching mounds and a fully equipped gym. Try out the batting cages, tour the facility and learn more about baseball playing and training.
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Polocorp (former J.M. Schneider Home)

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379 Queen Street South
Kitchener, Ontario
Year built: 1878; addition 2001
Architect: Robert J. Dyck (2001)
Style: Italianate
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Originally known as “Buena Vista,” this imposing, two-storey, red-brick, Italianate-style residence was “modernized” with Queen Anne features around the turn of the 19th century. Built for insurance broker J.M. Staebler and later acquired by the J.M. Schneider family, the home and original coach house contain much of the original woodwork, stained glass and decorative plaster work.
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St. John the Baptist Romanian Orthodox Church

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2150 Bleams Road
Kitchener , Ontario
Year built: 1994
Building type: Place of worship
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Serving the several thousand people of the Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge and Guelph Romanian Orthodox community, the church was designed in the form of an ark, and in 2011 nearly every inch of the walls and ceiling were decorated with magnificent, traditional, hand-painted frescoes and icons, telling the story of Christ in images. The iconostasis wall is adorned with icons and vigil lamps.